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Lu Ann Homza

Professor, History

Office: Ewell 124
Email: [[lahomz]]
Regional Areas of Research: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Thematic Areas of Research: Cultural/Intellectual, Iberian Empires, Legal, Religion


Lu Ann Homza received a B. A. in History from Scripps College in 1980, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in 1981 and 1992, respectively. Scholarly interests in the intellectual, religious, and cultural history of Europe, especially Spain and Italy, between 1400-1600. Her first book, Religious Authority in the Spanish Renaissance, was published in 2000 by The Johns Hopkins University Press; her second, the first English-language, primary source reader on the Spanish Inquisition, will be published by Hackett's Press in 2004. Her articles include pieces on Renaissance humanism in Spain (Renaissance Quarterly, 1997); the confessors' manual in Spain and Mexico (in Don Bartolome de Alva's Confessionario mayor y menor, en lengua mexicana, Univ. of OK, 1999); and defendants' legal reasoning in Inquisition trials (in A Renaissance of Conflicts, Univ. of Toronto, 2004). Her next book project concerns one of the most famous inquisitors in Spanish history, Alonso Salazar Frias, who first supervised and then struggled to overturn witch trials in the Basque country between 1609-1614. Teaching interests encompass courses on Western Civilization, heresy, Spain's Golden Age, European historiography, and the Renaissance and Reformation.